First and second legs of Pick6 far from easy and the Foxbridge Plate is tough as.
Boy is a decent early bet at Te Rapa today. The late bloomer comes into race 2 quite nicely, even if he is jumping up a grade into R85 class.
Boy is small and even though he was beaten six lengths into third at New Plymouth last start behind talented Whoshe, it was a smart run.
He's not up to lumping 59kg (Matt Cameron had the ride) and fought strongly.
This time apprentice Shohei Shirahama reduces his 55kg to 53kg and for Boy the difference between 59kg and 53kg is a Mac truck.
He should get a comfortable run from an inside draw and he'll need to because this is a very good field.
Storm In and The Muffin Man have real ability in these conditions and Singapore Sling, despite mixed form, is better than her form reads on paper. One of the most competitive races on the card.
Radar (No3, R1) gives the impression he might be better suited to 1600m on this track than on his home course at Ruakaka last start. He has little experience, but knows how to hit the line hard and he is at least an each way in the first. Fred Astaire (No1) comes down to 58kg with a claim and that puts him in the race.
It seems like the last time Indikator (No1, R3) was able to claim an allowance they were still trying to land something on the moon. Chris Dell takes 2kg off his 59kg and he will be super competitive against this field at that level. Even more so if the rain arrives early and makes the track loose and wet.
If his overall form is below what we saw last winter he is still a magnificent horse. Jungle Juice (No2) went well on this course last time.
First leg of Pick6 is the toughest on the day. Brer (No4, R4) has been producing efforts that thrust his name forward, although the wide barrier won't be easy.
Jonathan Riddell is good in those situations, probably the best bet of the day is that he won't be left three wide in running. Taats (No7) is in form, as is Sir Amron (No2) and Pump Up The Volume (No6).
The second Pick6 leg isn't a lot more clear. Double O Seven (No2, R5) and Chapchick (No7) make most appeal. Double O Seven doesn't win out of turn, but he was beaten by a 4kg claim on useful winner Bragato at Hastings last start and should be fit and hard for this.
Chapchick is a High Chaparral mare who is probably heading places. Her last start fourth on this track was very good. Malbec (No 4) and Noosa Blue (No5) are chances.
With Pussy Willow waiting for Taupo on Monday, Spinmyworld (No2, R6) Heat Blast (No9) and Monkey Rock (No5) need to be on your Pick6 ticket.
Tough race this and go as wide as you can in the Pick6.
Danrose (No3) despite her last start failure and her wide draw is not an impossible chance.
The Foxbridge Plate is tough as. Shez Sinsational (No8, R7) has come up brilliantly, according to trainer Allan Sharrock, and that's good enough for us. She has enormous class and Opie Bosson is as good as it gets for this type of mare, although James McDonald did nothing wrong on her either.
Fritzy Boy (No3), Xanadu (No13) and Fleur de Lune (No9) are right in it.
Don't leave Hollywood Angel (No16, R8) out of your Pick6 and neither Fine Line (No6) in the last leg.